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Brewer scores 20 fourth-quarter points to lead Jazz over Bucks

Brewer scores 20 fourth-quarter points to lead Jazz over Bucks



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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ronnie Brewer scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Utah Jazz to a 92-78 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Milwaukee rookie Yi Jianlian started for the first time in the NBA and scored 13 points in 28 minutes. He also had eight of the Bucks' 30 turnovers. Mo Williams, who signed a six-year, $51.5 million contract in the summer, led the Bucks with 22 points.

Brewer only played in 56 of Utah's 82 games as a rookie last season, averaging 4.6 points, but has led the Jazz in scoring in each of their three exhibition games.

The 6-foot-7 guard scored Utah's first seven points of the fourth quarter, then gave his team the lead for good at 74-73 on a pair of free throws with 6:47 left. He then led a fast break that resulted in a three-point play for Ronnie Price, extending the lead to 77-73.

Milwaukee managed only a field goal by Royal Ivey during Utah's decisive 18-2 fourth-quarter run.

Yi grabbed the opening tip from Andrew Bogut, but had four turnovers in the first quarter. He missed his first two field goal attempts, but then made five consecutive shots.

Michael Redd, Milwaukee's leading scorer last season, played 23 minutes and scored eight points.

Morris Almond, Utah's first-round draft choice from Rice, also started his first game in the NBA, but missed all six of his shots and was held scoreless in 22 minutes.

The Bucks and Jazz have split a pair of preseason games.

Utah played without Carlos Boozer (personal reasons) and Matt Harpring (right knee, left ankle rehab). Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak chose not to play forward Bobby Simmons, who missed last season while undergoing two leg surgeries.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-10-13-07 2106MDT

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